In final USC season, McQuin Baron looks for perfection

first_imgCathy Liang | Daily TrojanUSC’s all-time career saves leader, five-time MPSF Player of the Week winner and 2016 summer Olympian: Those are just some of the many titles held by McQuin Baron, the men’s water polo team’s senior goaltender. Yet, despite all the accomplishments that he has achieved throughout his years in the pool, water polo wasn’t always what he wanted to do. In fact, it wasn’t even his favorite sport when he was younger.“My dad played basketball in college and my mom played soccer and tennis,” Baron said. “I was super into soccer and basketball just because that is what my parents had played.”While neither of his parents had played water polo, one of his older brothers played for the SoCal Water Polo club team near his hometown of North Tustin, Calif. It wasn’t until Baron went with his mom to pick his brother up from practice one day that someone got him into the pool. “When I was like 7 or 8 years old … our family friend was the head coach,” Baron said. “He kinda just tossed me in there with my brother. My brother was a goalie, so I was automatically the goalie. Honestly, ever since then, it just stuck.”From then on, Baron began playing water polo, yet continued to play soccer, basketball and baseball throughout middle school. It wasn’t until high school that he finally decided to focus on water polo.“I didn’t really want to play any other sport once I got there,” Baron said. “It was an addicting sport for me once I got to that level.”Anyone who has grown up in Southern California knows that Mater Dei High School is an athletics powerhouse. Baron even recalled at one point during his time there that the school took a whole week off because so many teams had won their championships, which earned a day off of school each. It was only natural that Baron chose Mater Dei, even though his brothers had played sports at its rival, Orange Lutheran High School.“I loved it,” Baron said. “We had a 111-game win streak throughout my career [and] I won three of four championships there.”Baron’s looks back on Mater Dei as a sort of mini-college. He felt it was the best transition into playing water polo for USC that he could have asked for with the positive experience that he had and the people he met throughout his time there. However, coming to USC still was a huge transition that created a lot of pressure to do well and a tough, competitive environment that was different from the one at his high school.“Goalie is a hard position,” Baron said. “If you win a game, it usually is on the guy who scored the most goals, but if you lose a game, it is usually on your goalie. So, losing a game and then being a 17-year-old goalie for such a high-profile team … it was a difficult transition especially coming from a senior in high school where you are the oldest at the level and you hit your prime and then are back at the bottom when you come to college.”From coming in as a freshman to playing in his final season this year, Baron feels he has grown. He especially feels that playing for one of his coaches at USC who he has had all four years, Marko Pintaric as well as the national team has helped mold him into the player he is today.Even with everything he has learned and how far he has come as a player, Baron is not satisfied just yet. Having never won a championship here at USC, he and the other seniors feel as if they have something left to finish before they can leave.“We don’t want to leave here without leaving our mark on this program and leaving some type of legacy,” Baron said. “Especially coming from a team that had won six straight titles coming into our freshman year.”With the end of the season rapidly approaching, Baron is focusing on his goal to leave behind yet another legacy with his teammates by winning the national championship. At 18-1 on the season so far, the Trojans are proving they are a strong force in the pool, but they are not going to let off the gas until that trophy is theirs. Baron also has another achievement on his radar. He is just 95 saves shy of the current holder of the MPSF all-time saves, Alex Malkis. By the end of this season, two more titles could be added to his already impressive list. But by then, Baron will have already turned his eyes toward the next thing on his to-do list — an Olympic gold medal.last_img read more

Drew Brees makes NFL history as Saints go marching with 34-7 win over rudderless Colts

first_imgLast Updated: 17th December, 2019 11:18 IST Drew Brees Makes NFL History As Saints Go Marching With 34-7 Win Over Rudderless Colts The Indiana Colts needed a win against the New Orleans Saints to keep their playoffs hopes alive. The Saints, however, had other ideas as they romped to a win. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees entered into the game against the Indianapolis Colts on 537 career touchdown passes. On Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the two-time NFL Offensive Player Of The Year registered four touchdown passes, surpassing Peyton Manning’s record in the process. Drew Brees, therefore, is now the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leader with 541 career touchdown passes. Tre’Quan Smith and Josh Hill were the other key performers for the New Orleans Saints as they registered their 11th win in the NFL. With an 11-3 record, they now have the joint second-best record across the NFL, along with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.Also Read | Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott Delivers Inspiring Speech After Sealing Playoffs Berth The New Orleans Saints romped to a resounding 34-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. At one point in the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Saints would enforce an all-out shutout on the Colts. While that feat did not come to transpire, another record-breaking feat was on show during the Colts vs Saints game.Also Read | Patriots Suspend Videographer Involved In Controversial Spygate 2.0 Incident Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US And that’s the record! @drewbrees passes Peyton Manning for most career passing touchdowns!@Saints | #Saints pic.twitter.com/VkobVhjBh8— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019 Colin DCunha WATCH US LIVE Also Read | LA Rams Suffer HUGE 21-44 Defeat To Dallas Cowboys As Jason Garrett’s Side Dominate FieldColts vs Saints: Drew Brees makes history LIVE TV COMMENT Historic night for @drewbrees 👏👏👏#HaveADay | @Saints pic.twitter.com/QuA7C4vGCV— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019 With the impressive win over the Colts, the Saints are now the top seed in the (National Football Conference) NFC. Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t the only player to break a record on Monday night. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the Saints’ franchise record for most catches in a single season. The Indianapolis Colts needed a win to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Drew Brees, however, clearly had other ideas. The Colts will now head back home with their heads hanging, courtesy of the 7-34 loss against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints, meanwhile, will face off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Also Read | Is Odell Beckham Jr Planning To Request A Trade From The Cleveland Browns? First Published: 17th December, 2019 11:18 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, report says

first_imgThe 26-year-old has struggled with off-field issues since he was in college. When he was drafted out of Nebraska, he failed a drug test at the NFL combine.He was then suspended a total 14 games in 2016 after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement, according to NFL Network. Related News Cowboys hopeful of reaching long-term deal with DeMarcus Lawrence He initially was suspended four games, then another 10 after a second positive test.Gregory also missed the entire 2017 season after missing a scheduled drug test in November 2016. He was reinstated on a conditional basis for 2018.He recorded six sacks in 14 games for Dallas last season. #Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement. Big blow for Dallas.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2019Gregory has played in just 28 games since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2015. Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch gifts weight room to former high schoollast_img read more